"Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001/DVD/EOne Entertainment)" Review

Review: After nearly 13 years there was finally a follow up to the cult hit Elvira Mistress of the Dark. To me when I first heard about this sequel I was very excited, until I saw it back in 2002 after Good Times released it. It has been a tad under 10 years since I last saw this film and I am glad I gave it another shot because my opinion is way different than it used to be! First I will say that if you liked the original film Elvira did then I think you will enjoy this one as well, but beware it is a tad different.
 This time around we follow Elvira and her servant as they are traveling to Paris, but along the way ends up at a haunted castle and from there things just get weird for the pair! This film is very much in the vein of other classic horrors like "The Fall of the House of Usher" or "The Pit And The Pendulum" that have a very gothic feel. Everything from the costumes to the very bizarre castle owner Lord Hellsubus follows in the tradition of those films. Now it does take that type of story and like you would expect adds humor and satire into the mix that Elvira is so famous for.
I must warn you though if you don't like Elvira's sense of humor and wise cracks then you will not enjoy this film. There really is nothing bad I can honestly say about this film, it has all the right elements and does them well. Overall it's basically a satire of those films I mentioned previously. Now this released from E One does have more features than the previous Good Times release. Before all you got was a "Making Of", "Interview With Richard O'Brien", and "Photo Gallery". Now you get those plus outtakes, "Transylvania of Bust: Elvira & Company Tell All Feature", and an Audio Commentary. Which truly make it a well rounded release! Now they just need to put this film and the original Elvira films on Blu-ray!
Overall this was a very cool and fun film that stands up strong as a sequel to the 1988 classic! I highly recommend this to fans of Elvira and those who enjoy a good comedy horror film!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Sam Irvin
Genre: Comedy/Horror

DVD Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 2001
Time Length: 90 mins.
Company: E One Entertainment
Website: www.elvira.com

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